As the first newly constructed office building in recent memory in downtown Vancouver, Washington, the Hudson serves as bridge between the community’s rich history and promising future.
The prospect of double-podium projects like WREN spreading throughout southern California excites Cobo and Zapata. “New code language allowing multiple podium levels with Type III wood construction allows us to maximize the density and speed of wood construction,” observes Cobo. For developers, that represents “bonus density” within Type III construction.
Making its debut in late 2015, the 64-unit MOTO offers a unique wood design that was recognized by WoodWorks as a 2017 Wood Design Award winner.
With five stories of wood-frame construction over a concrete podium, the Arena District Apartments student housing project in Eugene, Oregon provides a home for 244 University of Oregon students.
Using wood helped the design team, Mahlum Architects, create a modern design aesthetic and achieve exceptional environmental performance while maintaining an aggressive budget of $128 per square foot.
|Project Architect:||Mahlum Architects Inc.|
|Owner:||Inland American Communities|
|Awards:||LEED for Homes, Gold in the multifamily – Mid Rise Category|
Ankrom Moisan Architects designed 38 Davis in a quest to establish a new founding office that would directly reflect its sustainable values, creative culture and urban identity, and which would inspire, support and nurture the creativity of occupants living and working in the building.
|Project Architect:||Ankrom Moisan Architects|
|Structural Engineer:||DCI Engineers|
|General Contractor:||Andersen Construction|
|Civil Engineer:||Humber Design Group|
The SoBe-esque 310-unit Brooklyn Riverside apartment community has not only helped revive a flagging neighborhood, but ably demonstrates the remarkable benefits of wood in multifamily development.
|Project Architect||Dwell Design Studio|
|Engineer||M2 Structural Engineering|
|General Contractor||Cambridge Swinerton Builders|
|Location||100 Magnolia Street, Jacksonville, Florida|
Solaire Wheaton is a 361,000 sq ft Type IIIA five-story wood-frame construction structure over a cast-in-place concrete podium with two levels of sub-grade parking. This Class A luxury apartment community in Wheaton, MD serves as the centerpiece to an ambitious new eight-acre transit-oriented urban environment minutes from Washington, DC.
|Project Architect||The Preston Partnership|
|Structural Engineer||Cates Structural Engineers Ltd|
|Contractor||Clark Builders Group|
Surrounded by high-rise buildings in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Crescent Terminus is a new three-building, luxury apartment complex offering resort-style amenities,including a salt-water pool, rooftop terraces with dramatic skyline views, a gourmet coffee bar and more. Featuring five stories of wood over a concrete podium, the project fills the last three parcels of land in the Terminus complex, completing this unique urban development. And while the prime piece of real estate carried a corresponding price tag, the developer was able to move ahead with the project thanks in large part to the choice of an affordable, high-quality wood-frame structure.
|Project Architect:||Lord Aeck Sargent|
|Structural Engineer:||SCA Consulting Engineers|
|General Contractor:||DPR Hardin Construction|
|Framing Contractor:||Great American Framing, Inc.|
|Developer:||Crescent Communities, LLC|
|Owner:||An affiliate of Boston-based Berkshire Group.|
In 2012, the University of Washington (UW) completed a $109 million, five-building construction project, adding nearly 1,700 student housing beds. Known as West Campus Student Housing – Phase I, the 668,800-square-foot project was the first of four phases planned by UW to add much-needed student housing to its Seattle campus, which has an enrollment of more than 42,000 students.
|project||university of washington, west campus student housing|
|structural engineer||coughlin porter lundeen|
|contractors||walsh construction & wg clark construction|
|completed||july 2011 & 2012|
Stella consists of two nested wood-framed L-shaped structures, oriented for maximum access to light and views. The two buildings are set on top of a concrete podium housing 9,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 578 parking stalls.
Budget is often a consideration for mid-rise housing. A growing number of institutions, developers and architects are choosing wood-frame construction, which provides notable cost savings as well as other advantages, including speed of construction, safety, durability, aesthetics and environmental performance. Case study featuring Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments, Flats on Main and Flats on Osage, Applewood Pointe of Langton Lake and Spartan Village, Phase I – Student Housing.
Emory Point is a vibrant, mixed-use urban infill development located in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. The complex provides retail and residential living options to employees working at the adjacent global headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emory Healthcare, Emory University and a number of other schools. From the outside, Emory Point may look like a straightforward project, but a number of factors help it stand out. Wood facilitated quick installation, which allowed leases to be signed more quickly. And the environmental benefits of the wood structure, already recognized with EarthCraft certification, further emphasize the overall ecological benefits of this mixed-use development. Among them is Emory Point’s contribution to a new ‘pedestrian community.’
|architect||cooper carry, the preston partnership|
Ellinwood + Machado LLC Pruitt Eberly Stone, Inc.
Wood-frame podium construction is nothing new, particularly for Seattle, Washington. But when developers built the Marselle Condominiums, they did something new by literally taking wood to the next level. By designing the 160,000-ft2 (14,864-m2) complex to meet Type IIIA construction requirements, they were able to build five and one-half floors of wood over a two-story concrete podium deck. Wood's environmental attributes helped the building meet the Master Builders Association Built Green program, but the developer said cost was the primary motivator for choosing a wood-frame structure. He estimated that a concrete building would have cost about 30 per cent more and a steel building would have taken much longer to construct.